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Dalai Lama’s 2016 Bodh Gaya Kalachakra teachings postponed by a year

His Holiness the 14 Dalai Lama.
His Holiness the 14 Dalai Lama. (Photo courtesy: Altaf Qadri, Associated Press)

(TibetanReview.net, Sep01, 2015) – The much-anticipated kalachakra teachings by the Dalai Lama, otherwise scheduled to take place over Jan-Feb, 2016, at Bodh Gaya has been postponed by a year, said the exile Tibetan administration at Dharamshala, India, on Aug 31. The Tibetan spiritual leader’s hectic schedules over this year, including in the coming months, has been cited as the main reason for the postponement of the teachings which require strenuous and extensive preparations.

A statement from the Kashag, the cabinet of the Tibetan administration in exile, said the Dalai Lama had extensive programmes this year, including his 80th birthday celebrations and grand long-life prayer offering ceremonies. It added that in the coming months too, the Dalai Lama will be undertaking a week-long visit to England in September and a three-week visit to the US in October, while in India too he has visits and teaching programmes, including in November and a three-week teaching programme in South India in December.

The statement also noted that there had been numerous calls for the Dalai Lama’s programmes to be made less exhausting, including by the second special general meeting of the Tibetan people, the Heads of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism and of the Bon tradition during the 80th birthday celebrations, and people from Chinese ruled Tibet.

The Kashag has expressed regrets for the inconvenience caused to the Dalai Lama, the sponsors and the members of the organising committee of the Kalachakra Initiation, as well as to devotees from across the world.

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